Health Matters

Health Matters, produced locally by Red River Radio, airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. The producer is Ranae Moran. Hosts of Health Matters include Dr. Randall Brewer, Dr. Sanford Katz, and Red River Radio General Manager Kermit Poling. Psychologist Dr. Mark Vigen and licensed counselor Shelley Visconte host the Mental Health Edition of Health Matters the last Thursday of each month. Health Matters features guest physicians and health care specialists joining our hosts to bring you up-to-date information on topics that affect your health.  Listeners are provided the opportunity to call in with questions or comments during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or tweet a question via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Health Matters is currently supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Louisiana and The Gables at Spring Lake, Gamble Guest Care’s assisted living community. 

Health Matters Disclaimer:
Health Matters is a program for informational purposes only. Consult your physician or health care provider for all health concerns. The opinions expressed on Health Matters are those of the individual guests and callers and do not represent the views of Red River Radio or LSUS. Health Matters is part of Red River Radio's Community Connections series of outreach programs. Guests on Health Matters are not compensated and are selected by relevance to the topic.  No fees are charged for participation in Health Matters.

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Airs Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 6 p.m. Dyslexia is a learning disorder affecting reading skills in both children and adults. Tune in for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Shelley Visconte will be joined by Kim Slack and dyslexia practitioner Dawn Coker, both with A Kid’s Choice Educational Services Foundation. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 6 p.m. Around one third of U.S. adults reportedly aren't getting enough sleep. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters. Dr. Patrick Lavo will talk about sleep wellness with Dr. Oleg Chernyshev, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Director of Sleep Medicine Program and Sleep Medicine Fellowship, and StrokeNet Principal Investigator for the Center for Brain Health at LSU Health Shreveport. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

Airs Thursday, September 13, 2018, at 6 p.m. The high-profile deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have brought the issue of suicide into the national spotlight. Suicide is the eleventh-leading cause of death in Louisiana and third among 15 to 34-year-old residents. Sixteen percent of Louisiana’s 677 suicides in 2016 were military veterans. So, how is Louisiana addressing its suicide problem? What signs should friends and family members look for to prevent someone from taking their own life?

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Airs Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 6 p.m. School time can bring many challenges for students as well as parents. Tune in for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Shelley Visconte will talk about how to help your child have a successful school year. Guests include Dr. Bart Wagner, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Dr. Sonya Poole, Licensed Professional Counselor and Early Intervention Services Facilitator; and Ms. Worlita Williams, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified School Social Worker Specialist. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, August 23, 2018, at 6 p.m. Selecting a weight loss plan to follow can be a mind-boggling experience, Keto, Mediterranean, low carb… how do you choose? Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will be joined by Dr. Kenneth Sanders, Dr. Laura Kimball-Ravari, Dr. Jennifer Singh, and nutritionist Julie Hartley to help us sort out the pros and cons of some of the most popular diet trends. Questions will be taken at 800-552-8502.

About our guests:

Dr. Kenneth Sanders is a Board Certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Kenneth Sanders Facial Plastic Surgery. .Recently, he’s gotten involved in Keto supplements. Dr. Laura Kimball-Rivari in an endocrinologist with Willis-Knighton Health Systems. She has a special interest in diabetes management and osteoporosis. Dr. Jennifer Singh  is the LSU Health Shreveport School of Allied Health Professions Physician Assistant Program Medical Director, and Director of Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine Services at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. .Lifestyle Medicine is an emerging medical specialization focused on treating the whole person.  Julie Hartley is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Health Coach and Exercise/Yoga instructor, who leads workshops on Functional Nutrition and Wellness for Willis Knighton Health Systems.